Description - The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site commemorates the life of Mary McLeod Bethune and the organization she founded, the National Council of Negro Women.
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Mary McLeon Bethune
The Bethune Council House was Mary McLeod Bethune's last official Washington, DC residence and the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women. Mary McLeod Bethune founded Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida and served as an advisor on African American affairs to four presidents. She was appointed Director of the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration by President Roosevelt. She was the first African American woman to hold so high an office in the federal government. The site features the three story Victorian town house which was her home when she was in Washington, DC and housed the offices of the National Council of Negro Women and a carriage house in which the National Archives for Black Women's History is located.
- Visitors to the Bethune Council House will see original furnishings and historic photographs depicting the Council House during the 1940s when it was Mary McLeod Bethune's Washington, DC residence and the headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women.
Recreation - Tours are available for both individuals and groups of all ages. Groups of 10 or more must make an appointment by calling 202-673-2402. This historic site is open Monday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM.
Climate - Washington, D.C. experiences four distinct seasons. Winters can be bitterly cold or pleasantly mild while summers can be miserably hot and humid or agreeably warm. The average January temperature is 37 degrees F (3 degrees C). The average July temperature is 78 degrees F (26 degrees C). Spring and fall are pleasant times of the year to visit the area, temperatures are mild with low humidity.
The Historic Site is located in Washington, DC at 1318 Vermont Avenue.
From Baltimore and Points North: Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway south to New York Avenue. Take New York Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue. Turn right onto 13th Street. Go one block and turn left onto N Street. Go another block and turn right onto Vermont Avenue. 1318 is an half block up the street on the left.
From Virginia and Points South: Take 14th Street north to Thomas Circle. Make a right off Thomas Circle onto Vermont Avenue. 1318 is one and an half blocks past the circle on the left.
Street parking is limited to two hours on Vermont Avenue. There are several pay parking lots within one or two blocks of Thomas Circle.
The closest Metrorail Station is McPherson Square on the Orange and Blue lines. On exiting the station, walk north on 14th Street until you hit Thomas Circle. Go around the circle to your right. Turn right onto Vermont Avenue. 1318 is one and an half blocks past the circle on the left.